Here are a few of my favorite things...from last night's White Sox victory over the Tigers

Here are a few of my favorite things...from last night's White Sox victory over the Tigers

Eight memorable moments from a very satisfying 6-1 win over the Tigers, which has moved the Sox to three games ahead of their rivals from Detroit:

1.  The poise of Jose Quintana as he emerged from a rough start to allow only a run, seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven in 7 2/3 innings for his sixth win of the year.

2.  The four-run sixth inning: back-to-back homers by Alex Rios and A.J. Pierzynski, preceded by an Omar Infante error on a routine Dwayne Wise grounder and a Paul Konerko single.

3.  The Sox's handling of Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young, who went 2 for 12 with no RBIs.

4.  Donnie Veal retiring Prince Fielder, representing the tying run in a 4-1 ballgame, on a grounder to Gordon Beckham with men and first and second in the top of the eighth.

5.  Beckham's two-run homer in bottom of the eighth, which added some comforting insurance.

6.  Addison Reed 's long-awaited 1-2-3 inning, something that he and A.J. seemed to have a laugh about on the mound after the game (see photo above).

7.  Kevin Youkilis's return to third base. He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his first game after a paternity leave and didn't have an impact on the game, but just having him in the lineup instead of subs Jose Lopez or Ray Olmedo was a good omen.

8. Last, but not least, the fact that the Sox broke out of their slump with runners in scoring position, including the early innings of this game, and put a decent number on the board.

 

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  • Detroit looked so broken down (errors, can't dive for the ball, can't run out a hit) that I can't figure them winning the division.

    On the other hand, until the 6th (opened by an error) the Sox looked like they were going for the 0 of 27 that they consistently put up at Tiger Stadium. Maybe the 6th and 8th finally got their hitting going.

    The other thing I noted in Sox games with HRs is that it isn't their usual "the ball got over the pulled in fence" but that the balls are going deep into the stands.

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